Recent Fire Damage Posts

5 Quick Steps to Fire Safety

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damage If fire strikes your home, call 9-1-1. After the fire is out, call the fire restoration experts of SERVPRO of Howell/Wall at 732-577-1010

Protecting your family in your home is important and fire is something nobody wants to think about. Unfortunately, fires can and do happen. The best way to prevent a house fire is to take some precautionary steps and fireproof your home. 

Here are some quick tips to help prevent fires:

  1. Remove Clutter- Clutter can cause fires, make fires worse and even stop you from getting out of your home during a fire. Get rid of it or at least reduce it.

  2. Check Your Smoke Alarms Often- Your smoke alarms will alert you of a fire before you see or smell smoke. Check them at least every six months.

  3. Keep A Fire Extinguisher In Your Home- A fire extinguisher can be used to put out some small fires and stop them from spreading. Every home should have one. If you have a multiple story home it's a good idea to have one easily accessible on each level.

  4. Never Leave Candles Unattended- Candles can easily catch furniture, papers and even hanging pictures and décor on fire. Never leave your candles unattended.

  5. Check Your Wires- Check your electric wires often to make sure they are not rips or shorts. Also make sure your wall sockets are not too full and that all the plugs are secure. A fire safe home will help you and your family feel safer and sleep better at night. Take the time to do it right.

If fire does strike your home or business, first call 9-1-1 or your local fire department . Once the blaze has been put out you can contact the highly trained professionals fire restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall to service your home and repair and restore after a fire damage.  Call 732-577-1010 24/7 365 days a year.

Holiday Safety Tips

11/22/2020 (Permalink)

Holiday Candles Stay Safe this Holiday Season. We will be a phone call away if you need us: 732-577-1010

December is the month with the highest number of incidents of home candle fires.  If you plan to deck your halls with candles, we highly recommend you use battery-operated candles and tea lights.

According to a 2020 national American Red Cross survey, close to 1/3 of us have left the room or fallen asleep with burning a candle  If you are going to use real candles, please keep them out of the reach of children and pets, keep them away from anything that could burn, and never leave them unattended.   


  1. Check all holiday light cords and make sure they aren’t frayed or broken. Also, do not string together too many strands of lights together — no more than three per extension cord. Always remember to turn off all holiday lights when going to bed or leaving the house.
  2. Ensure outside decorations are for outdoor use and fasten lights securely to your home or trees. If using hooks or nails outside, make sure they are insulated to avoid an electrocution or fire hazard.
  3. Look for the fire-resistant label when buying an artificial tree. Keep it away from fireplaces, radiators and other sources of heat. Never use electric lights on metallic trees.
  4. If getting a live tree, make sure it’s fresh and keep it watered. Bend the needles up and down to make sure no needles fall off.
  5. Don’t light the fireplace if hanging stockings on the mantel.
  6. Check the labels of older decorations. Some older tinsel is lead-based. If using angel hair, wear gloves to avoid irritation.
  7. Avoid breathing in artificial snow.

 Happy Holidays from your friends at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall!

Dryers can be dangerous if not maintained properly

8/30/2020 (Permalink)

Dryer Fires Unfortunately, this dryer caused a fire in this Monmouth County home. But the homeowner knew enough to call the pros at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall!

Dryer fires are one of the one of the leading causes of house fires.  It is very important that you keep your dryer will maintained and lint free.

According to FEMA:

2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.

Failure to clean the dryer (34 percent) is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires.

More home clothes dryer fires occur in the fall and winter months, peaking in January.

Here are a few helpful hints to prevent a dryer fire in your home or business:

  • Check and clean the lint trap often, lint can build up in the screen. 
  • Check the back of the dryer for lint buildup. 
  • Check for any damages to the venting system of the dryer. 
  • Dyer machines should be installed and maintained by a certified professional. 

Should a dryer fire strike your home or business, know that SERVPRO of Howell/Wall has expertly trained professionals to handle any size disaster.  Call us any time at 732-577-1010.

Candle safety tips to help prevent house fires

8/9/2020 (Permalink)

Candles Should Fire strike your home or business, we at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall are here to help. Call us at 732-577-1010.

During the most recent natural disaster to hit our area, thousands of residents in the Southern Monmouth County and Jersey Shore lost power for days.  Most of us turned to candles to help light our homes on those dark nights. 

As a service to you, we at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall wanted to share a special list of important safety tips and statistics to help you understand how dangerous candles can be. 

Candle Statistics:

  • 38% of home candle fires start in bedrooms and cause 35% of associated deaths. 
  • More than 50% of all candle home fires start because the candle was too close to something flammable item (I.E. mattresses, bedding, curtains, cabinetry, or furniture are ignited). 
  • In 12% of home candle fires and in 25% of associated deaths and injuries happened while the people in the home slept.
  • 20 % of home candle fires involved unsupervised children. 
  • Reduce your chances of dying in a fire by 50% by having a working smoke alarm.

Safety Tips:

  • Keep all flames at minimum 12 inches from anything that can burn.  Whether it be curtains, bedding, mattresses, books, flammable decorations, clothing, furniture, and anything else that could catch fire,
  • ALWAYS snuff out or blow out a candle or flame before leaving the room or going to sleep.
  • If you are using candle holders, please make sure they are sturdy and can not tip over. Make sure your candle holders that are made from a material that do not burn.
  • Make sure candles are placed out of the reach of children or pets, as well as in a place children and pets cannot knock them over.
  • In an emergency, always use flashlights and not candles for light.
  • Never leave a child unattended in a room with a candle. Additionally, keep all matches and lighters out of reach of children.
  • Keep all lit candles and any other open flames away from flammable liquids.

Should disaster strike and you become the victim of a home fire, SERVPRO of Howell / Wall is here to help. We are your professional fire damage experts and specialize in fire and water restoration.  We can clean your content and home, demo effected areas and eliminate smoke odor from your home and in the end make it "Like it never even happened.” 

Call us 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 732-577-1010.

Commercial Fire on the Point Pleasant Boardwalk

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage on the Jersey Shore

When fire strikes, SERVPRO is there!

At SERVPRO of Howell / Wall we proudly offer 24-Hour Emergency Service, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

When the unexpected happens to your Jersey Shore home or business, we will be faster to any size disaster.  We’re dedicated to a quick response when you need help with fire or water damage. Our fast response will help lessen the damage, will limit further damage, and help reduce costs.

We are proudly locally owned and operated right here in Monmouth County.  We have been serving the community since 2015 and love being a trusted community partner.

We are a trusted leader in the restoration industry and our highly trained fire restoration technicians are ready to handle any job thrown their way to make sure we make it "Like it never even happened."

Fire and smoke damage is very destructive. In most cases, your southern Monmouth County home or business will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us restore your home to pre-fire condition.

So if disaster strikes, call the pros at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall at 732-577-1010.

Fire Damage Restoration For Businesses And Homes

5/9/2020 (Permalink)

House Fire When Fire Strikes Your Home or Business, SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is there!

A fire at your business or in your home can mean major losses. If a fire starts, remember to stay calm and act rationally. Having quick access to a written plan of the steps you need to take after fire damage can save precious time and keep your fire damage losses down.   

After the fire in your business or home is put out, take precautionary measures to prevent injury and further losses. Your best bet is often to call a fire damage restoration company.  Or you may want to handle the fire damage restoration yourself. If so, here are some steps to consider:

1. Think long and hard before deciding not to use an emergency fire damage restoration service

Nearly every corner in the country now has 24/7 access to an experienced, professional fire damage service like SERVPRO of Howell / Wall. Companies like ours help reduce the fire, smoke, and soot damage at businesses and in private residences. Involving the fire damage restoration professionals also reduces the risk of injury. The professionals have the right equipment and training to safely deal with the aftermath of a fire. Commercial fire damage usually results in a lot of smoke smell. Smoke smell can be a health hazard to anyone working in or near the premises. Commercial fire damage services can help to quickly get rid of the smoke damage.

2. Evaluate the extent of the fire damage

You’ll want a complete and accurate assessment of all damage so you can determine how much it will cost you to restore your business or home. An accurate fire damage assessment will quicken the process of restoration. Speeding the process allows you to get back to your daily activities in the shortest time possible. For businesses this means less business interruption, less revenue loss, and a greater chance of recovering the full extent of your business.

Understanding the level of fire damage will also help you determine what items you need to get rid of. This will help to reduce the smoke smell in your business or home. Your insurance company will also want a full and accurate assessment of  fire damage so they can pay your claim efficiently.

For professional fire, smoke, and soot restoration call SERVPRO Of Howell/Wall at (732) 577-1010.

  1. Prevent further damage

    Evaluate beyond the area that seems to be fire damaged. Take a good look at your entire property. Sometimes business owners or homeowners miss a burned window or a damaged roof. If you don’t find all the fire damage you risk leaving conditions that could lead to further fire damage. One example is holes in the roof. They are particularly dangerous and must be addressed before people move back into the business or home. Another example is missing a water pipe or water tap that’s suffered damage. Check all your utilities, including your water. If you notice any leaking taps or pipes, seal them to prevent further damage.

    4. Start fire damage restoration 

    Sometimes a fire’s flames and heat do less damage than the smoke and soot the fire creates. Breathing in smoke can be hazardous. Soot can invade porous surfaces and damage furniture, carpets, drapes, and other valuable items. Commercial fire damage companies know how to clean up soot and smoke damage. The longer you wait to deal with soot and smoke the more damage they can do.  

    The smell caused by smoke damage is not very easy to get rid of, especially if you decide to handle the restoration process yourself. To do this, you might have to dispose of badly burned items. Soot damage will usually coat items such as curtains, and these might need to be washed thoroughly. Also, soot damage affects the solid surfaces of your home. These will need to be cleaned using a solution made up of vinegar, dish soap, and water. If the carpets and furniture are not badly burned, you should clean them using a HEPA vacuum. This is more effective in getting rid of the smoke damage since the particles are not blown back into your home environment. Finally, you should use an exhaust fan to remove the smoke smell in your building. 

    For professional fire, smoke, and soot restoration call SERVPRO Of Howell/Wall at (732) 577-1010.

And what about water? The fire cleanup process often involves getting rid of standing water. If any pipes or tanks were affected by the soot damage, you will need to purify the water before you use it. Don’t risk getting poisoned. 

In the process of fire cleanup, you should be careful not to touch any wires that may have been affected by the fire, or water.

5. See if professionals can save valuable items that appear destroyed

After a fire some items will probably have to be thrown away. But sometimes what looks like an item that is not salvageable can be restored by professionals. Books, leather items, and other valuables might fit into this category.

Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall has specialized training and experience in fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, water damage, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall at 732-577-1010 day or night, 365 days a year! We are here to help when disaster strikes and make it "Like it never even happened."

How to handle gasoline safely

5/9/2020 (Permalink)

Gas Can Proper handling of gas, can prevent future disasters. If disaster does strike, SERVPRO of Howell/Wall will be there!

At SERVPRO of Howell/Wall, we have first-hand experience dealing with the results of fire damage. Fires are physically and emotionally devastating to the victims. We embrace fire-prevention efforts and we encourage everyone to follow common-sense advice to prevent fires.

The American Petroleum Institute offers the following guidelines for handling gasoline.

Gasoline is an important part of our everyday lives. It lets us run our cars and trucks, getting the kids to school and the groceries home. It helps us keep our grass and gardens looking good, powering mowers and lawn care equipment. It lets us get away on vacation, running boats, off-road vehicles, and motorcycles.

But gasoline can be dangerous if not handled or stored properly. Gasoline should only be used for its intended purpose – as a motor fuel – and stored only when absolutely necessary. It should not be used as a solvent, cleaner, barbecue starter or for any other non-engine use.

Take The Following Precautions

  • Your local and state governments are the first places you should check for standards and regulations on gasoline storage. For example, fire codes and regulations restrict the amount of gasoline an individual homeowner can store (usually no more than 25 gallons), in approved containers of less than five gallons capacity each.
  • Gasoline must be stored in an approved container or tank. Keep gasoline containers tightly closed and handle them gently to avoid spills.
  • Gasoline is a flammable liquid and should be stored at room temperature, away from potential heat sources such as the sun, a hot water heater, space heater or a furnace, and a least 50 feet away from ignition sources, such as pilot lights.
  • Gasoline vapors are heavier than air and can travel along the floor to ignition sources. Do not smoke where gasoline is handled or stored.
  • Put gasoline in a small engine (like a lawnmower) only when the engine and attachments are cool.
  • Store gasoline in a building separate from the house or place of occupancy, such as a shed or garage. Always keep gasoline out of reach from children.
  • For better ventilation, it is best to handle gasoline outdoors.
  • Do not mix even a small amount of gasoline with kerosene or diesel. Do not use gasoline in kerosene heaters or lamps.
  • Minor spills should be absorbed with sawdust, paper or rags. Larger spills may be contained and collected. Check with your local government or hazardous waste disposal center to determine the proper avenues for disposing of spilled gasoline.
  • Place recovered gasoline and cleanup materials in approved, labeled containers for proper disposal. Never dispose of spilled gasoline or cleaning materials on the ground or into your garbage, drains, toilets or sewers. If you do, it might cause a fire, or seep into streams, bays, lakes or your groundwater.

For more information about fire safety, please call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall at 732-577-1010.

Grease Fire Do's and Dont's

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

Fire When Fire Strikes, SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is here to help!

There are many different ways a fire can break out, one of the most dangerous being a grease fire. If you lack experience putting out a grease fire, know that you do not treat it the same as you would a "standard" fire. There are certain things that you must do and things you absolutely must NOT do. Please consider the following:


Turn off the stove or heat source.

Smother the fire with the pot lid. Without oxygen, the fire cannot survive.

Use baking soda to douse the flames. Flour and other items will not work.

Use a Class B dry chemical fire extinguisher.

call 911


Try to put out the flames using water. It will splash the grease, causing the fire to spread.

Move the item. This could also cause splashing, spreading and could potentially burn you.

Try to use anything other than baking soda. It will not help.

If fire strikes your home or business, call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall  for our expert and professional services.  We have the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. We also have specific training and equipment for odor removal and deep cleaning of upholstery and carpet.

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2019 Holiday Helpful and Safety Tips for your Home

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

Happy Holdays Happy Holidays from your Friends at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall

Thanksgiving is almost here and its almost time for most of us to decorate for the holidays.  

Remember these safety and helpful tips to ensure a safe home through the holidays and beyond.

  • Always inspect your lights before you hang them
  • Replace any out or broken lights
  • Never connect more than 3 strings of lights at a time
  • Use clips to safely attach lights to the house
  • Be mindful of low-hanging or damaged wires to protect pets and children
  • Always use ladder safety when putting up or taking down your holiday decorations
  • Never plug more than two appliances into an outlet at once or “piggyback” extra appliances on extension cords or wall outlets
  • Remember to keep candle flames far away from decorations, ornaments and especially trees
  • When building a fire to keep cozy, test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, burn only dry, split firewood (avoid chemically treated wood), and close damper when fireplace is not in use

Happy Holidays from everyone at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall! 

Different Smoke Types

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

The damage done by fire and smoke is unique, each disaster requires a tailored solution for the specific conditions incurred.  At SERVPRO of Howell/Wall, we have the knowledge, experience, expertise, and equipment to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Here are some smoke and soot facts:

Hot smoke travels to cooler areas and upper levels of a building.

Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.

The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Howell / Wall will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke– Plastic and Rubber

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke– Paper and Wood

Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue– Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – 732-577-1010.

Safe Grilling Guide

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

As the summer heats up at the Jersey Shore, your backyard grill is sure to follow. Here are some simple ways to ensure that your BBQ stays fun and safe: 

According to the National Fire Protection Association, July is the peak month for grill related fires. They recommend that:

  • The grill should be kept well away from your home and away from deck railings. It should be out from under eaves and hanging branches.
  • Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outside.
  • Children and pets should remain at least three feet away from the grilling area.
  • Keep the grill clean by removing grease or fat build up from the grill box and in the trays below.
  • Never leave your grill unattended while cooking.
  • Keep charcoal fluid away from children and heat sources.
  • For charcoal grills, make sure coals are completely cooled before disposing them in a metal container.

Common sense should be on the menu for grilling up a fun filled BBQ with friends and family this summer. Remember, we are a trusted source to handle any issues you may have, if something goes wrong we will be there to get everything back to normal. We’re here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. (732) 577-1010. 

What To Know When Choosing a Fire Extinguisher

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Home fire extinguishers can be a life saver. Whether you place one in the kitchen area, near exits, or just in and easy to grab spot, they can enable you to put out a small fire quickly before it spreads. It can add an extra element of safety and peace of mind for your family. 

But how do you know if you have the right fire extinguisher for your home or usage needs? 

All household fire extinguishers are classified A, B, or C (or a combination of the three).

You should be sure to check the label for the classification letter. Each letter corresponds to the type of fires they can be used on. Ordinary combustibles, flammable liquids or electrical for example. An extinguisher labeled A,B & C will give you the most versatile use since it’s classified to be used on all three types. 

Choose the proper size:

Best for: Garage or home workshop, where a fire might grow in size before being noticed.
Look for: Rechargeable model with hose for ease of use.

Best for: Quick grab in the kitchen or laundry room.
Look for: Rechargeable model with hose for ease of use.

Best for: Car.
Look for: Disposable model with mounting hardware to keep it from rolling around in the trunk.

Location, location, location.

Once you’ve determined the proper type and size fire extinguisher for your application, you must decide on the best location to place the extinguisher. Easily accessible, clearly marked areas are best. Mounting the fire extinguisher on a wall by the exit door to a room, will allow you to use the extinguisher with your back to the door. This will provide a quick escape if the fire spreads within the room. 

Above all, make sure that your family’s safety is top priority. Escaping the fire unharmed is always the ultimate goal of fire safety. 

Once the fire is out and the extinguisher has done it’s job, rely on the experts at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall to clean up the fire’s lasting effects of odor, soot and dust. We offer 24 hour emergency service. Our expert team is just a phone call away at 732-577-1010.

Three Fire Hazards to Watch for this Summer in the Jersey Shore area

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Bonfires are great on a cool summer night, but they can be a hazard.

Warm weather is finally here.  Memorial day is almost here and the unofficial start of summer on the Jersey Shore.  Lots of us will spend lots of time outside for the next few months and with that being said, there are still a wide variety of fire hazards that you should watch out for, even during the summer months.

  1. Grills: Whether you’re cooking burgers and dogs for the family event or grilling up chicken and kabobs for dinner, you will inherently deal with fire. Most are gas grills, which presents an even greater risk. In fact, the NFPA ( reports that an average of 9,600 home fires are caused by grilling each year. Here are some fire safety tips for the grill:
  • Before lighting your grill, always check for any potential fire hazards.
  • If the grill does not light up on the first shot, let the gas dissipate for at least 5 minutes before trying to light the grill again.
  • Be sure the grill is clean before using to get rid of oil and gas residue.
  • Make sure the grill is set up in an open, outdoor area and keep it a good distance from the house and railings.
  1. Dryers: This is a fire hazard year round. In fact, the leading cause of clothes-dryer related fires is a failure to keep the lint baskets clean. Lint is combustible. Lint causes fires. It takes seconds to clean out the lint basket, so just make a habit of it when you get your clothes out of the dryer. If you have space for a clothesline in the spring and summer months- use it! There’s nothing better than fresh, air dried clothes. The NFPA also recommends cleaning out the vent pipe at least once a year so lint or other flammable particles do not get stuck in the vent pipe. 
  2. Outdoor Fire Pits and Bonfires

The necessary safety precautions for an outdoor fire pit are pretty obvious but keep these in mind when you’re having a party on a cool summer night.

  • Always have an adult present around a fire- never leave children unattended! 
  • Always have a bucket of water or a water hose available nearby if things get out of hand. 
  • Build the fire away from homes, porches, low-hanging trees, or any other fire hazards. 
  • Monitor how much leaves, pine needles, pine needs, paper, and other contents into the fire since these items catch fire quickly and result in high flames and floating embers. 
  • Always put the fire out completely before leaving the fire unattended. Don't expect it to die down on its own!

We are always Here to Help when you need us. Call us any time at 732-577-1010! Have a great Summer!

Howell/Wall Smoke & Soot Cleanup

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – 732-577-1010

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Howell / Wall will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – 732-577-1010

The Most Common Causes of House Fires

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

According to U.S. Fire Departments, on average there are about 358,500 home structure fires that occur each year. Fires can happen unexpectedly, but there are several common reasons why fires occur.

  • Candles
  • Washers
  • Dryers
  • Children playing with fire
  • Cooking 
  • Electrical and Lighting 
  • Lightning 
  • Christmas Trees
  • Smoking

These are only several causes of a house fire, but there are many more. If you or someone you know has been affected by a fire, let SERVPRO of North Spartanburg be the first person you call to take care of the damages. We provide 24 hour service so our team is always on call and ready to take on any job. We have a certified production team and certified equipment to make sure the job gets done right!

Winter Time Fires

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

The freezing temperatures are approaching and that means everyone is going to do what they can to stay warm. What people do not think about is the damages one could cause while trying to stay warm on a cold day.

Cold weather means turning up the heat and the use of other heating methods like space heaters, heat blanket, candles, and fire places. All of these things can light up the room if used improperly like keeping them on for too long or placing some of these heat sources too close to flammable objects.

Chilly winter air contains less moisture compared to the air in the other seasons throughout the year. Because of the chilly air, the physical wood structure of the home becomes drier which can lead to electrical fires under the right conditions. 

The older the home the more likely it is to be a potential ball of fire. For example, the Clintons' house was built in 1889. An electrical fire occurred and an electrical fire happens when too much electricity is pulled through older wires that cannot handle the capacity.

To prevent these potential problems, have an annual safety inspection to make sure your home is not at risk of lighting up in flames. Here is something to think about, although the total numbers of fire during the winter decreases, the number of structural fires increase.

7 Highly Effective Portable Heater Safety Habits

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

In these cold winter months many of us find it hard to stay warm; our sweaters, wool socks and blankets just aren’t cutting it. So, we resort to other methods to fix the problem. One common method is a portable heater; especially for those sitting at a desk all day! If you are using a portable heater, here are some effective safety habits to keep in mind…

    1. Keep all sides of the heater at least 3 feet from beds, clothes, curtains, papers, sofas, and other items that can catch fire
    2. Never fun the heater’s cord under rugs or carpeting and never power the heater with an extension cord or power strip
    3. Make sure the heater is not near water. NEVER touch it if you are wet
    4. Place the heater on a stable, level, surface, located where it will not be knocked over
    5. Never leave the heater operating while unattended or while you are sleeping
    6. If the heater’s cord or plug is HOT, disconnect the heater and contact an authorized repair person. If any part of the outlet is hot, contact a certified electrician
    7. Check to see if your electric heater has been recalled

Home Safety Tips around the Holidays

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Now that Thanksgiving has come on gone, its time for most of us to deck the halls.  

However, some of us get so wrapped up in the excitement of the holidays, we can forget important tips to keep our homes safe. 

Here are some helpful tips on how to keep yourself, your family, and your house safe this holiday season...

  • Use clips to safely attach lights to the house
  • Inspect your lights before you hang them
  • Replace out lights
  • Never connect more then 3 strings of lights at a time
  • Be mindful of low-hanging or damaged wires to protect pets and children
  • Use ladder safety when putting up or taking down your holiday decorations
  • Never plug more than two appliances into an outlet at once or “piggyback” extra appliances on extension cords or wall outlets
  • Remember to keep candle flames far away from decorations, ornaments and especially trees
  • When building a fire to keep cozy, test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, burn only dry, split firewood (avoid chemically treated wood), and close damper when fireplace is not in use

Happy Holidays from everyone at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall! 

Make This Fall Fire Free

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

The fall season brings cooler temperatures, beautiful colors and an abundance of outdoor activities. Plan ahead this season to help ensure it is safe, and fire-free. By following these safety precautions, your fall festivities will be safe and fun!

  • Fall decorations such as dried flowers and cornstalks are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
  • Keep emergency exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Teach children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.
  • Remember safety first when choosing a Halloween costume. Consider avoiding billowing fabric, and if you choose to make your own costume, choose material that won’t easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame.
  • It is safest to use a flashlight, or a battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. If you are going to use a real candle, use extreme caution, and don’t forget to put it out if you are not going to be around. Place lit pumpkins away from anything that can burn, and out of the way of doorsteps, walkways and yards.

At SERVPRO of Howell/Wall we wish you a happy and safe Halloween.

Facts and information provided by National Fire Protection Association,

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

It’s that time of year again! Autumn is here and before you are stuck inside there are still a few fall yard and home cleanup chores that must be done. Yes, we all have spent the whole summer outside pulling weeds, cleaning the deck and watering the flowers. You deserve a break, but we need to properly do our home maintenance before we start our winter hibernation.

So roll up those sleeves one more time so you can witness your home blossom when the warm weather returns. Here are some helpful fall clean-up tips!

Here is a Fall maintenance checklist for your home:

HVAC: Vacuum and dust

Garbage Disposal: Crush ice (sharpens); baking soda and citrus fruit rinds (freshens)

Plumbing: Check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets

Garden: Rake leaves, dispose of or mulch, trim branches and shrubs, winterize perennials, clean annuals out, put lawn decorations and outdoor furniture in storage or cover

Sprinkler Systems and Garden Hoses: Turn off and disconnect water hoses and clear all pipes and systems of water before first freeze, insulate any outdoor or exposed faucets/pipes

Roof and gutters: Clean and check for damage

If you do end up with any water or fire damage this winter, please call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall at 732-577-1010. Our specialized technicians are ready to help you!

Cleaning Up After Smoke Damage

7/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire, smoke, and soot will affect everything in your home, from the structure to your personal belongings. After a fire, contacting a cleaning professional may be the best decision you can make. A professional cleaning company like SERVPRO of Howell/Wall understands that your furniture, keepsakes, and other precious items are what make your house a home.

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall specializes in restoring the contents of a home or business that have suffered from fire damage or water damage. They will assess all your belongings carefully to determine what items can be restored to their original condition. Professional cleaning companies use several methods to get you back to normal after a fire:

  • Foam Cleaning: This method is used for upholstery since upholstery fabrics can shrink or bleed if water is used.
  • Dry Cleaning: This method is used to clean light residue.
  • Wet Cleaning: This is a very effective cleaning method used to remove moderate to heavy smoke residues.
  • Immersion Cleaning: This method is one where items are dipped into a bath of cleaning product.

Keep in mind that electronics that have been damaged by fire present a serious hazard. Never attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that could possibly have been affected by a fire! Smoke residue contains acids that corrode metal and can cause electronic failure in that device. Items that you should be careful of are:

  • Televisions
  • Computers and IPads, etc.
  • DVD and CD players
  • Cell Phones

Documents and photographs can suffer a lot of damage in a fire, and many contain information or records that can be devastating to lose permanently. SERVPRO technicians are experienced in document restoration.

If the damage to your home or business is such that it will need extensive restoration or cleaning. SERVPRO of Howell/Wall can organize an efficient move-out process of the affected areas. Removal from the area will result in a quicker remodeling process and will also protect your belongings from any further potential damage during that process. After the restoration is complete, move-in can be coordinated easily.

If your home or business has suffered damage from fire, water, or mold, give SERVPRO of Howell/Wall a call today at (732) 577-1010,  or visit our website: SERVPRO of Howell/Wall

4 Flameless Alternatives to Candles

6/3/2018 (Permalink)

Unattended candles pose a major fire risk. Candle fire can ignite nearby combustibles or be accidentally knocked over. Whether you are looking for flameless alternatives for a special occasion or everyday use, there are several safer options that still capture the desirable look or scent of your favorite candles. Here are four candle alternatives to consider for decorating or lighting purposes.

1. Battery-operated candles: Candles that run on batteries flicker like real candles and some are made of scented wax. Choose from a variety of different shapes and sizes, ranging from tea lights to pillars.

2. Christmas lights or fairy lights: Create enchanting effects indoors or outdoors with strings of lights. Consider LED lights if you want to make these lighting methods more efficient.

3. Candle warmers: Choose from electric bases or larger lamp-style models that are designed to accommodate traditional wax candles that you buy or make. In addition to these candle alternatives, you can also spread a fragrance with oil warmers or wax warmers.

4. Reed diffusers: Placing reeds in oil is an elegant air freshening solution that spreads a scent without the use of battery-operated and electrical devices or fire.

Candle fires are most common during the holiday season, starting in Halloween and going through New Year's Day celebrations. You may prefer to replace candles in decorations with newer flameless alternatives. Battery-operated candles can also make safer centerpieces or place-settings at a weddings or any other formal event. 

For day to day use, candle alternatives are perfect for places like bathrooms or bedrooms where they may be left unattended for long stretches of time. You should never leave a burning candle where you cannot observe it and ensure that a fire does not start. If you do experience a candle fire, contact a damage restoration company that specializes in fire and smoke odor remediation, contact SERVPRO of Howell/Wall at 732-577-1010 or visit us on the web at for more information on fire damage. 

Fire extinguisher knowledge (part 2 of 2)

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

This blog post is a continuation of "Fire extinguisher knowledge part 1" from earlier this week.

The fourth type of fire extinguisher is the wet chemical extinguisher. The wet chemical extinguisher helps in that it focuses on removing heat from the fire in order to extinguish a fire and is most effective on fires made from paper, wood or plastics.

The fifth type of extinguisher is the clean agent. This type of extinguisher focuses on breaking the chemical reaction of a fire and is best worked on fires caused by flammable liquids, electrical equipment or combustibles such as wood or trash.

The sixth type is the dry powder extinguisher which focuses on separating the oxidizing agent from the fuel source and is most useful on fires created by combustible metals.

The seventh is the water mist extinguisher. This extinguisher is mainly water and focuses on cooling the fire and adds a cleaning agent to simplify the mess and should mainly be used on fires caused by electrical content.

The eighth and final extinguisher is the cartridge operated dry chemical and is similar to the clean agent in that it interrupts the chemical reaction of the fire

Fire extinguisher knowledge (part 1 of 2)

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

In the case of a fire emergency, both knowing general facts and tips on fire extinguishers can help exponentially when putting out any kind of fire. This will be one of two blogs explaining the facts on extinguishers. 

The different types of extinguishers.

In total there are eight different types of fire extinguishers, the first is water and foam based. This type focuses on taking the heat element out of a fire and should mainly used on a fire made from wood, paper or plastic.

The second type of extinguisher is carbon dioxide based that focuses on taking away the oxygen element of a fire, and should only be used on fires made from flammable liquids such as gas or oil, or fires from electrical equipment such as outlets or transformers. 

The third is a dry chemical extinguisher. This type is the most common of extinguishers and focuses on interrupting the chemical reaction of a fire triangle. (The fire triangle is what makes up a fire; Heat, Fuel, and an oxidizing agent which is normally oxygen) This extinguisher should be mainly used on; material fires caused from wood or plastic, fire caused from a flammable liquid such as gas, and fires made from electrical equipment.

Most Common Causes of House Fires

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

Here are top 5 most common causes of house fires as identified by the National Fire Protection Association.

  1. Candles

From 2007-2011, the NFPA says there were an average of 10,630 fires in the U.S. that were started by candles, causing 115 deaths, 903 injuries and approximately $418 million in property damage. That is an average of 29 candle fires per day.

Safety tips:

  • Never leave a candle burning near flammable items.
  • Never leave a candle burning in a child’s room or an unoccupied room.
  • Make sure candles fit securing into candle holders so they won’t tip over.
  • Blow out any candles before leaving a room or going to sleep
  1. Smoking

While the number of fires caused by smoking is trending downward, the NFPA found that there were still an average of 17,600 related fires per year resulting in 490 deaths and more than $516 million in property damage.

Safety tips:

  • If you smoke, consider smoking outside.
  • Use wide, sturdy ashtrays to catch butts and ashes.
  • Look for cigarette butts under furniture and between seat cushions to make sure no lit butts have fallen someplace where they can’t be seen.
  • Don’t smoke in bed, when you’re tired or around medical oxygen.
  1. Electrical & Lighting

According to the NFPA, in 2011 approximately 47,700 home structure fires were caused by some sort of electrical failure or malfunction. These resulted in 418 deaths, 1,570 injuries and $1.4 billion in property damage.

Safety tips:

  • Don’t overload outlets or electrical cords.
  • Make sure you have the right cord for the job – inside cords for inside, heavy duty/outside cords for outdoor use.
  • Don’t leave Christmas lights, Christmas trees, or halogen lights on overnight or when not at home.
  • Consider having an electrician perform an annual checkup of your home’s wiring.
  1. Dryers & Washing Machines

Clothes dryer fires happen more often than one might think, accounting for 16,800 home structure fires in 2010 and doing more than $236 million in property damage. 

Safety tips:

  • Clean the lint screen frequently and don’t run the dryer without it.
  • For gas and propane dryers, make sure there aren’t any leaks in the lines.
  • Vent the dryer to the outside of the house and ensure nothing blocks the vent pipe.
  • Clean the vent pipe and the area where the screen is housed.
  • Keep the area around the dryer free of combustible materials.
  1. Lightning

From 2007-2011, NFPA says there were an average of 22,600 fires per year caused by lightning strikes.

Safety tips:

  • Stay away from doors and windows during an electrical storm.
  • Do not use corded phones, computers, TVs or other electrical equipment during storms.
  • Unplug major electronics – TVs, stereo equipment, computers and microwaves to minimize damage if there is a lightning strike close by.
  • Avoid plumbing such as sinks, baths and faucets during a thunderstorm.

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Howell and Wall Residents: We specialize in Fire Damage Cleanup

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

Extensive damage to ceiling

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is your go to professional when disaster strikes.  Recently we were called to action for SERVPRO’s expert fire mitigation services.  We were on the scene of a house fire in Wall Township.  The fire started in the attic and caused extensive damage throughout the home. 

We started our work by conducting an initial inspection of the fire damage throughout the home.  Upon our inspection, we immediately mobilized air scrubbers to begin filtering the inside air of all the impurities left behind by the fire and to help with odor control.

Next, we arranged for on-site storage of our homeowner’s salvageable belongings.   We cleaned and packed the items that could be saved.  After storing and cleaning, clean up on the structure damage began.  We demolished the affected areas of the house, which included fire and water damaged floors, walls and ceilings.  In order to prevent disaster from striking again during cleanup, the utilities were turned off, but at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall, we are fully equipped with an on-site generator to power our drying equipment which includes dehumidifiers and air movers to help prevent microbial growth.

These are just some of the services we are committed to providing you at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall.  We are available 24/7, 365 days a year to help you when disaster strikes.  Call us anytime at 732-577-1010. 

We are happy to report; the reconstruction of this house is well underway and as we promise; SERVPRO of Howell/Wall will help make it “Like it Never Even Happened”

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Fire loss in Manasquan

12/18/2015 (Permalink)

Location of the attic fire (pre-mitigation)

The air circulator in the attic caused this small fire loss in Manasquan.  SERVPRO of Howell/Wall was called in to clean the attic, all floors/baseboards & horizontal surfaces. 

We started at the top and worked our way down the structure.  Always pleasant to be in a hot attic wiping & vacuuming.  Our crews meticulously work to get clean ever surface while manipulating every piece of furniture and personal belongings to ensure a job done right.  After a thorough cleaning of all walls, ceilings, floors and everything in between, we eliminated any evidence (visual or odor) of the fire and our customer was very pleased with the results. 

We finished this project on time and on budget.  SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is always ready to make it "Like it Never Even Happened".